Last year wasn't quite the blockbuster year of sales growth that 2012 was, but there are plenty of automakers in our table with reason to be happy. Subaru, for instance, duplicated its 2012 performance by again recording annual sales growth of over 26 percent. At the other end of the spectrum, Mitsubishi followed up its 2012 performance of -28 percent sales decline with a much healthier 11-percent gain in 2013.

Among individual brands, other standout performers from last year include Jaguar, which led all brands with 41-percent growth, and Cadillac, which followed up a negative year in 2012 with a nearly 22-percent gain in 2013. Some brands, however, couldn't avoid the red, including Lincoln, whose rocky launch of the MKZ may have contributed to its results being slightly in the red, and Chrysler, down nearly 2 percent last year compared to stellar growth of nearly 40 percent the year before. Also surprising to see in the red is Kia, which couldn't maintain the sales growth it saw in 2012 and recorded a loss of over 4 percent last year.

Lastly, it's worth noting that companies as a whole (those reporting multiple brands) all reported positive sales growth in 2013. Among the major players, even with Lincoln dragging it down somewhat, Ford Motor Company performed best, with sales nearly 11-percent higher than the year before, followed by Nissan North America (9.35 percent), Chrysler Group (9 percent), Toyota Motor Company (7.37 percent), General Motors (7.33 percent) and American Honda (7.21 percent).

Lastly, here are some standout individual performers that give a better picture of last year's winners.


*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 307 selling days in 2013 and 307 selling days in 2012, so there is no difference between the change in yearly sales volume and the change in average daily sales rate (DSR) for each brand/company. Also, brands are combined and reported as companies only if their sales figures are released jointly.


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